Discount Dragon Adware

Also Known As: Discount Dragon Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: Moderate
Damage Level

Discount Dragon - how to remove this adware?

What is Discount Dragon?

Discount Dragon is a browser add-on created by 215 Apps (Innovative Apps) that claims to save time and money whilst shopping online. This browser extension displays coupon ads when Internet users visit online shopping websites such as Toys R Us, Walmart, Petsmart, Best Buy, etc. Discount Dragon is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox. Note that while this browser plug-in may appear legitimate, in fact it is categorised as adware. This browser add-on often installs on users' computers without their consent, and furthermore, may cause diminished Internet browser performance and privacy-related issues.

Unwilling Discount Dragon installation may occur when downloading and installing freeware. Internet users should be aware that many popular download websites use download clients, which offer additional software installation and these often comprise adware, unwanted browser toolbars, and extensions. To avoid installation of unwanted programs, always carefully inspect each installation step of freeware, choose 'Custom Installation' rather than' Typical', and disallow installation of any additional programs on your computer. Discount Dragon is not strictly a computer virus, however, we highly recommend that you remove this unwanted add-on from your Internet browsers.

Discount Dragon

Discount Dragon is just one of many unwanted browser extensions created by 215 Apps. A few examples of similar adware created by this company are Savings Assistant, Coupon Cactus, and Download Savings. Creation of many similar browser add-ons is likely to be an attempt to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. If you feel that this browser add-on was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.

Quick menu:

Discount Dragon removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

WIndows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

Discount Dragon uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Discount Dragon", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Discount Dragon, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Remove Discount Dragon from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove Discount Dragon from Internet Explorer:

Discount Dragon removal from Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Innovative Apps related entries ("Discount Dragon") and disable them.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Discount Dragon, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove Discount Dragon from Google Chrome:

Discount Dragon removal from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "Discount Dragon", select it and click on the trash can icon.

If the Discount Dragon extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of Discount Dragon add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Discount Dragon from Mozilla FireFox:

Discount Dragon removal from Mozilla FireFox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Discount Dragon".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Discount Dragon, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

Discount Dragon Adware is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.

Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Discount Dragon Adware distribution:

Free software download clients used in adware distribution

To avoid installation of Discount Dragon Adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
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